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Comic Con Craze Returns To NYC

East Coast's Biggest Sci-Fi Convention Hits Javits Center
Comic Con 2013 attendees dress as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. (credit: Michelle Pepe/1010 WINS)

Comic Con 2013 attendees dress as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. (credit: Michelle Pepe/1010 WINS)

By Michelle Pepe, 1010 WINS Intern

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/CBSNewYork) — Comic Con has invaded New York City for the weekend once again.

The annual event brought together comic book, video game, and science fiction fans from all over the country — and crazy costumes were the norm.

Photos: Comic Con 2013 Comes To Javits Center

Housed each year at the Javits Center, the convention is the largest pop culture gathering on the East Coast. It is topped nationally only by San Diego Comic Con, which takes place in the summer.

Javits was filled on Saturday not only by crazed fans, but  by press and celebrities, as well. Over 125,000 people bought tickets to the sold-out event and many dressed up as their favorite characters.

“This is my first time. I’m having fun over here. I love the people having different costumes. Really, I like it. I’m loving it,” said Rodney from Queens, who was dressed as Bane from Batman.

New York Comic Con is the East Coast's biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. (credit: Michelle Pepe/1010 WINS)

New York Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. (credit: Michelle Pepe/1010 WINS)

Other popular outfits were Snow White, Superman, and Sailor Moon.

Mike from Long Island dressed up as Link from Legend of Zelda.

“It’s one of my favorite video games of all time,” he said.

A New Jersey resident, dressed as Michelangelo from the Ninja Turtles, loved the atmosphere.

“Just dressing up and seeing everybody else dressed up and taking pictures with everybody,” she said.

Comic Con started in San Diego, in 1970, with only 300 guests in attendance. As the event became more popular, it moved to New York City in 2006 and grew into the second largest sci-fi convention in the U.S.

The convention ends on Sunday.

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